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Crested Butte, Colorado, photo by Trent Bona.

A Note from the Mayor: This article first appeared in the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor where I work as a reporter-at-large. The original title was “Explore Colorado.” Colorado is a beautiful state. Even the towns that dot the Eastern Plains have their own sort of nostalgic charm. However, there are a few towns that really sparkle when blanketed with a fresh layer of snow. Here are the towns that I consider to

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We have 44 days of fall left, but the beautiful fall drives are over, so how do we continue to celebrate this shoulder season? I’ve got a few suggestions. A Late Fall Getaway in Colorado November isn’t a big getaway month for most people, but the “shoulder season” is a wonderful time to travel in Colorado. There are less cars on the roads, and unless you’re traveling on Thanksgiving, you’ll

Enjoy Moose Neighbors with a Moving Mountains Vacation Home. Moose in Steamboat Springs 2. HeidiTown.com

There is nothing, not even free beer, that makes me more excited than a wildlife sighting, and we had one of the best ever this past weekend in Steamboat Springs at our vacation home, Angler’s Cabin. We arrived back to Angler’s Cabin, a Moving Mountains property, in the early afternoon to find that we had visitors – visitors of the moose kind. A mamma moose and her two yearlings were

My obsession with "North America" on Discovery

This post is a little off-topic, but not far off. I’m obsessed with the new show, “North America” on Discovery. The reason this post isn’t entirely irrelevant to HeidiTown is because the show has shot scenes in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Plus, HeidiTown is actually located in North America. If you haven’t watched “North America,” it is a seven-part series that started in May. The series comes to an

Ouray, Colorado by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer for HeidiTown.com

Do you seek out adventure? Or would you rather soak in hot springs all day? Does rappelling into a waterfall sound exhilarating? Or would you rather sit on a sun-soaked, rooftop patio drinking a beer? You can do all of these things and more in Ouray, Colorado. Ryan and I visited Ouray in March and we fell in love with the town. I hadn’t been to Ouray since my parents

Ice climbing in Ouray, not just for the pros

When I told people I was going ice climbing in Ouray, they would say, “I didn’t know you were a climber.” I’m not a climber. I had never even sat in a harness until my first zip lining experience in 2012. However, when I was offered the chance to go ice climbing with San Juan Mountain Guides, for some crazy reason I said yes. On our third day in Ouray,

Heidi riding big bike in downtown Grand Junction Colorado HeidiTown

It’s that time again, time for another installment of HeidiTown on the radio. Every two weeks I have a show on KRFC 88.9 FM, community public radio. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling this winter, so in this week’s segment I share a little from our trip to Grand Junction and the surrounding area. I will be writing some blog posts about this trip as well, so stay tuned!

Winter Park Resort Sign Feb 2013 HeidiTown.com

Each Colorado ski town has its own unique feel, and Winter Park feels comfortable. For many Coloradans, it’s comfy because they’ve been skiing there since childhood, but even for the Winter Park newbie, the town has a relaxed vibe. Maybe it’s a Grand County thing. Winter Park, Granby and Grand Lake are towns that make visitors feel welcome. No need for fancy clothes, the most recent ski gear or a

NED WOMEN Frozen Dead Guy Days

  Behold the Frozen! Frozen Dead Guy Days is hardly a secret anymore. In just 12 years they’ve managed to put this fest on the map. It’s been written up in magazines around the world, blogged about and even featured on national television (more than once). Apparently, when you design a festival around a frozen dead guy, it’s a recipe for media attention. If, for some reason, this festival is